Bloodsoaked''s Peter Hasselbrack No Longer Flies Solo

Death metal act Bloodsoaked was known as the one-man band but now he's added a second guitarist and vocalist to help him out. Since new comer Joseph's arrival from his other project Malebolgia, Joseph has adjusted to settling in just right. Main man of it all Peter Hasselbrack took some time before hitting the road this Spring to discuss what Bloodsoaked has been up too since we last spoke back in 2009. Catch up on all of the bloody goodness.

1. So is Bloodsoaked still known as its "one man band" or did it get some new members to join in the fun?

Peter: I added a second guitarist/vocalist about a year ago, his name is Joseph from another band on Comatose Music called Malebolgia.

2. Your now endorsed by Blakhart Guitars how did this happen and are you satisfied with the results?

Peter: Very satisfied. My endorsement with Jackson Guitars was ending and they weren't offering a good deal to stay with them. Blakhart was offering a very nice endorsement deal and they have some very nice guitars and they’re supporting the underground scene. Very happy.

3. You have also been creating a custom Blakhart Guitar can you tell me about the design and when will it be released?

Peter: I had two custom Bloodsoaked guitars made, they were made for me and not available to the public unless they ask for them specifically. I had a Blakheart V and a Blakheart Kronos made, both with a single EMG81 pickup and both have the Bloodsoaked logo on the fret board. The fret board also has blood-splatter for the fret markings.

4. This April will see Bloodsoaked returning to Europe for a tour, what have you done to prepare yourself for this tour?

Peter: It takes a lot of time to find the supporting bands for the tour but besides that there is not too much to do accept practice and maybe have a new song to play on the tour.

5. Is there any song that when you play it live on stage makes your adrenaline levels kick in and make you want to go hyper?

Peter: I really like to play “Suicide” live as most fans really like that song and the energy from the fans makes that a great song to play live.

6. When it comes to performing each and every night does the time stand still or does it fly by when performing?

Peter: The time performing goes by very quick, especially if the show is really good.

7. Have you ever thought about using special effects or stage props during your performances, like your name is of course Bloodsoaked ever thought of taking that name into reality?

Peter: I've thought about it but it would take a lot to pull it off perfect and being a smaller band I don’t think I could make it they was it should be.

8. How easy is it to keep the motivation going on a daily basis for Bloodsoaked?

Peter: Not hard at all, I love Death Metal music so it’s easy to keep Bloodsoaked going and going.

9. Once the tour in Europe is over what do you have planned afterwards?

Peter: Write a few new songs for the next album, it’s going to be a EP released alongside a double DVD so I’m very excited for it.

10. It's been two years since your last album, do you guys have any new music in the works?

Peter: We have one new song complete (Devouring) and another (Abomination) that is close to being complete.

11. What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?

Peter: I’m all for it, anyone can post Bloodsoaked music on any site and steal it as much as they want. The more people listening to my music the better, I don’t care how they get it. Death Metal is not about money, its underground and will be forever.

12. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? Like death metal, hardcore and other sub genres and how some get a negative rep.

Peter: Some bands get pidgin-holed into a particular style of music but its ok and I like most of it. Some people won’t give a band a chance if they fall into a particular genre but it’s their loss, there are a ton a great bands that they will never hear.

13. What made you guys decide to form a band?

Peter: I had been in a thrash band (Deslok) back in 1998-99 and always wanted to play in a band again, so in 2006 I decided to give it another try and this time with death metal and I’m very happy I did.

14. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

Peter: Metal music is stronger now than it ever has been, its being played more and more and more people know about it. But in the end metal for the most part is underground, yeah, there are bands like Metallica and so on but in metal they are far and few. Kids and bands in the underground are lazy now with the internet, Facebook, Myspace and so on. Bands don’t go out and promote themselves anymore, they post a few things online and think they are a big band…. Hahahahaha, very sad.

15. How many band t-shirts are in your personal collection?

Peter: I have about 300-400 but I recently got rid of over half of them as I only wear the bands I support and love. I might have 100 shirts left.

16. What is YOUR favorite style to use when it comes to headbanging?

Peter: Being old and bald I don’t have too many options so I stick with the traditional front to back head banging… hahaha

17. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Peter: Playing live shows as much as we can and new music and DVD near the end of 2013.

18. If I were to introduce someone to your music, what would be the song that you think really shows your band sound the best?

Peter: I think “Rotting in Filth” is the best song I have written but also “Existence Denied”, both are great songs that shows what Bloodsoaked is all about.

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